In rural Zambia, midwives at the Bwacha Health Center provide quality maternal care

Central Province, Zambia – “Every time I report for work, I strive to offer quality services to mothers, including conducting deliveries and discussing infant nutrition and care with new mothers,” says Flavor Kangwa, a midwife at Bwacha Health Center in Zambia’s Central Province. Skilled midwives like Ms. Kangwa are…

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Left in the Dark: How Period Taboos Put Women and Girls at Risk

Periods are a nightmare. Hers are worse. Every day, girls around the world have their first menstrual cycle. A period is a natural and healthy part of a woman’s reproductive health.  For those who are equipped with information, hygiene products, and a supportive community, their first period can be exciting. In Sri Lanka,…

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Cut to the Core: The Long-Term Effects of FGM

Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is a procedure in which a woman’s reproductive organs are cut, pierced, or otherwise manipulated. The procedure is painful or even fatal when it takes place, but the negative impacts of FGM last a lifetime. Contrary to popular belief, FGM is not sanctioned…

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Sex and Religion: How UNFPA Challenges Taboos

Eight of every ten people in the world follow some sort of religious practice. Faith often plays a significant role in how someone interacts with their community, what social services they have access to, how their family is structured, and how they approach questions of life, love, and…

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Every step of the way… UNFPA is there

Women and girls around the world face significant barriers to reaching their potential and living their own lives.  These barriers include: child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), early and unintended pregnancy, lack of access to family planning, and delivering a child without proper medical care.  But with your…

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Friends of UNFPA 2018 Annual Report

You can read the report here: Friends of UNFPA 2018 Annual Report. Minh Ngo, Chair of the Board of Friends of UNFPA: 2018, like every year, was not without its challenges for Friends of UNFPA. With the Trump Administration withholding U.S. funds from UNFPA for a second year…

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Restoring UNFPA Funding Act of 2019

On October 17, 2019, Representative Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania introduced the Restoring UNFPA Funding Act of 2019 onto the House floor. The goal of the act is to reinstate American funding to the United Nation’s reproductive health and rights agency, UNFPA. Restoring UNFPA Funding Act of 2019 This act comes…

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In Moldova, life skills education helps girls find a better path

UNFPA develops comprehensive sexuality education courses and implements national strategies to combat gender-based violence in places like Moldova.

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A LEGACY OF FREEDOM AND CHOICE

“I wonder what my great-grandmother’s life would have been like if she had access to family planning.”

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Hope and Healing: UNFPA Provides Training on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Venezuela

“We have been traveling for a week without being able to sleep, take a shower or eat well. I get tired easily, and have vomiting and headaches,” said Mariana, who is five months pregnant and migrating from Venezuela. Escaping gang warfare, food scarcity, and economic collapse, around 4.2…

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